Jesus knows what it’s like to be human!
Kids will learn that Jesus can comfort us because he faced the same challenges we do.
Matthew 4:1-11, The Temptation, Matthew 26:36-46, Gethsemane, Hebrews 4:14-15, Without Sin
“May you have power with all God’s people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIrV)
Because Jesus is God the Son, it’s hard to imagine he had to deal with the same things we have to deal with, like hunger, fear, and temptation. Kids will learn that Jesus experienced the same struggles we do, yet without sinning.
There are many challenges you face as a kid. How do you make new friends in a new school? How do you handle difficult classmates? How do you deal with people who do not believe in God like we do? And of course… how do you solve a Rubick’s Cube? Anyone who picks one up can’t help but be baffled by it – at least at first. How many of you kids have tried to solve one of these? Okay, adults in the room, how many of you have tried to solve one?
Kids, look around. You are not alone!
There’s comfort in knowing we are not alone. There’s comfort knowing our parents, our older siblings, and the people we look up to know what it’s like to be a kid and struggle with so many things. We can rest assured Jesus knows as well. The gospels show us that Jesus was no super-human. He knew hunger. He knew tiredness. He knew sadness. He knew fear. He knew pain. Jesus knew what it was to be popular and to have the whole world reject Him – even His best friends. He knows how badly it can hurt to be rejected too.
Jesus can comfort us not just because He is God, but because He knows how we feel at all times. Jesus lived it all, just like we are living it now. If you’re tired, hurt, sad, afraid, Jesus understands, and He can give you peace.